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  • He drips other things, though... the little scamp.

    December 11, 2007

  • I'd be willing to lay bets on whether chained_bear's 20-pound dog does that. ;-)

    December 11, 2007

  • Slobber seems one step removed again, unless your dog drips dirty ice.

    December 11, 2007

  • See, that's exactly what I was wondering. I had no idea that ice could be less than meticulous about its physical appearance.

    December 11, 2007

  • ...Maybe sea ice leaves its socks lying around?

    I pasted some stuff into the page for slob ice.

    December 10, 2007

  • C_b, do you know if the Newfoundland "slob" has the same or similar derivation as the English word? Just curious how it came to describe sea ice. :-)

    December 10, 2007

  • A shape/size of sea ice. "Newfoundlanders distinguish between 'local slob,' usually too small to bear a man's weight, even when he is 'coppying,' or jumping from pan to pan, and 'northern slob,' formed off Labrador. Northern slob still consists of rounded pans, but larger, thicker ones that you can safely cross by coppying, provided you are careful to jump from each pan as it begins to sink under your weight."

    --Cassie Brown with Harold Horwood, Death on the Ice: The Great Newfoundland Sealing Disaster of 1914, Doubleday Canada, 1972.

    December 10, 2007